Stonewall reveals UK’s most gay-friendly universities

Third Gay By Degree guide awards top marks to two Welsh universities

Guide goes mobile for the first time

Stonewall today launches the third edition of Gay By Degree, the only guide that profiles the UK’s 150 universities showing how gay-friendly they are.  This year, two Welsh universities are rated amongst the most gay-friendly universities in the UK.

Aberystwyth University has scored full marks for the second year running. They are joined by Cardiff University who matched all criteria set in the 2012 survey.

Gay By Degree 2013, now online at www.gaybydegree.org.uk, gives lesbian, gay and bisexual prospective students a single place to find out what each university offers to support them before they apply for places in 2013, helping them find a place to study where they  feel comfortable being themselves.

People who register to use the site, which is free to access, can build up shortlists of universities so they can compare their options. Current students can also register to share information about their experiences. Gay By Degree is also packed with information about different career options, and advice about choosing a university, finance, accommodation and the application process. This year the guide’s website has been optimised for mobile devices so prospective students can use it wherever they are.

Stonewall Cymru Director Andrew White said: ‘For the third year running, Stonewall’s Gay By Degree is the only place where gay prospective students can find everything they need to know about their options in one place online, wherever they are.  We are  pleased that two Welsh universities have scored full marks and continue to provide a wide range of support for their lesbian, gay and bisexual students'

'Finding a good university is challenging, and we’re delighted to be there to help people make their choice. This year we also hope current students use the guide as a way to encourage universities to improve what they’re doing to support gay people.’

Gay By Degree uses ten criteria to identify how well universities support gay people, including whether they have a policy to tackle homophobic bullying, whether there are societies and events for lesbian, gay and bisexual students, and whether they support gay staff effectively. Aberystwyth and Cardiff were joined by other institutions including UCL, Portsmouth, Glasgow and Salford universities.

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